The Way Back

Stan Mast

READ : Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate. (v. 13 NIV) We can know that we know Christ by the fruit of obedience. But what if there is little fruit? I can hear someone say, “I felt like a failure before; now I feel afraid. What do I do with Jesus’ challenging words?” Listen to the good news before …

The Fruit of Faith

Stan Mast

READ : Matthew 7:15-20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (v. 20 NIV) Jesus’ strong words in Matthew 7:21 may sound like salvation by works, but Jesus didn’t mean that. We are saved not by our obedience, but by Christ’s. We must simply trust him as Savior and Lord. What Jesus meant is that trusting involves obeying. Or …

Jesus Is Lord

Stan Mast

READ : Romans 10:5-13 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (v. 9 NIV) “Jesus is Lord.” With those three words, the early church changed the world. They were convinced that no one could say them except by the Holy Spirit (1 …

Our Worst Nightmare

Stan Mast

READ : Matthew 7:21-23 Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (v. 23 NIV) “I want to know Christ.” We began these meditations with those words of Paul in Philippians 3:10. That has been our challenge. Now we come to these words of Jesus: “I never knew you.” That is a believer’s …

Practicing Your Serve

Stan Mast

READ : Mark 1:14-20 “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (v. 17) Various other practices have helped Christ’s disciples grow closer to him over the centuries, but I’ll offer just one more. We see it in Mark 1 at the very beginning of Jesus ministry. When he called his first disciples, Jesus immediately told them …